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Racism: Because Some People Apparently Don’t Get It

I’m seriously hoping this isn’t news to most people, but after “talking” (read: Listening to angry nonsensical ramblings) to a couple people, I found out that the dictionary definition of racism, isn’t ACTUALLY what racism means… Supposedly.

So here’s the dictionary definition. “The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, esp. so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.”

2. “Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on such a belief”

Makes sense, yes? Well apparently, little did we all know, that minority races ACTUALLY CAN’T BE RACIST… At least, that’s what I’m being told.


Let’s go back to the definition shall we? Did you see anything in there about racism being specific to a majority group, whites, males, or anything like that? I certainly didn’t. Lemme try getting another definition from another dictionary.

“a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race”

There’s Merriam Webster. I’m still not seeing anything here about racism being specific to anybody. If we were to say that “Only whites have the ability to be racist.” That DOES however seem to fit both definitions of racism, does it not?

Dat shit is a contradiction good sir.

Ignoring faulty logic and argumentation, let’s just think about this in simple common sense terms for a minute.

When a bunch of white males say “Blacks have to drink from separate water fountains, because we don’t like them,” what do we call that? Pretty easy, racism.

Let’s try a(n apparently) harder one. When a bunch of black men say “Whites are inferior to us, and we hate them because they’re white” what do we call this? Racism.

On the same lines, a group of black men say “We killed that white guy, because he was white.” What’s the name? Yup, racism. (More specifically a hate crime in this case). There’s nothing about minorities/power structure/ability to oppress in the definitions of racism. Racism is about bias and judgement based on race, hence the name. Sooo, it’s racism regardless of what color you are when you commit it. (Again, I seriously hope this isn’t news to anyone.)


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